Free Red Bull Mobile SIM

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Last updated on August 21st, 2015 at 02:12 pm

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Update: 1 September 2013 Redbull ceased to be a?Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)

I?ve got a free Red Bull Mobile SIM for their new GSM network in Australia. I got it because I have some Klout.

If you are fast and in Australia, you can get a free Red Bull SIM too.

If it works for you, please ?like? this post on Facebook, +1 it on Google Plus or comment below as a sign of thanks.


2011 A Journey Begins

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 02:47 pm

I have neglected my friends, ?acquaintances and family. I feel bad about that but figured you’d deal with it as I’m generally slack.

I’ve neglected perfect strangers who have stumbled into my deep end of the alphabet and returned for a second helping. I feel bad about that because I’ve missed a chance to move you into the friends, acquaintances and family group I mentioned. You should feel slighted.

2011 is here and before I return to more mundane stuff I’m in the mood for some resolutions. Maybe a bit of goal setting or at least some delusional wishful thinking.

I am writing on this blog more often. That will continue. I will not commit to an update schedule. Nor is my?dalliance with status updates over. I will keep that mistress as well as you.??But I will come back here an give you some love too.

I’m saying “no” more this year. If it doesn’t feed my soul I’m letting it go in 2011.

I’m back in online and direct sales in 2011. Now the real work begins in product sourcing and marketing. Logistics and fulfilment will be fun.

I am open to 52 cups of coffee with new friends in 2011. So let me know if you want a slot in Sydney, or on my travels.

I’ll kick a few metaphorical heads in this year. Don’t piss me off and I won’t tell you what to do. Let’s agree to let each other make our own mistakes and learn. I fired my last consulting client in November and tasted freedom.

I’m gonna get some. Who wants to join me?

How To Unlock Nokia 6085 GSM

Nokia 6085 Black

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 02:49 pm

Unlock Nokia phoneMy wife’s phone is a Nokia 6085, it’s old but tiny and very reliable. It was also locked to the Telstra network in Australia.

Get your IMIE code first by typing *#06# on your keypad. Do this on either the main screen or in the dialing screen. You’ll need that IMEI shortly.

To unlock any GSM phone always first call your phone carrier’s customer service line while you have their SIM in the phone. It is the fastest and easiest way to unlock any phone. Most carriers will give you an unlock code once the phone is 3 to 6 months old. If you’ve had the phone for 2 years the unlock code should be free.

They need a reason to unlock for their Customer Relationship Management system. You could try saying you’re churning to a competitor, they may offer you a better deal. Or they could try to sting you with an unlock fee.

Anyway if your carrier won’t provide a free unlock code for your GSM phone then you can visit Nokia Free or other sites. This also handles Nokia DCT4 unlocks.

From the main screen of your 6085 Nokia GSM phone

type #PW+YourUnlockCode+1# (YourUnlockCode is the number provided by your carrier or calculated above)

If you did it correctly the phone will respond with “SIM Restriction Off”

Things I’m thinking about

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 02:51 pm

I was in Bali last week for Todd’s & Corinna’s wedding. 73 hours isn’t enough time in paradise.

I hate Jetstar for “delaying” the flight back for operational reasons and failing to SMS me so I could stay at the resort another day. Instead we checked out and went to the airport, only to hang around while they sorted the mess, then put us up in another airport hotel for the night.

Frank Fable art is gr8 m8

As a father of daughters – I can’t yell at them then expect them to grow up confident, secure and not take sh!t from men. Still learning this lesson even though my oldest is 16.

I am not keeping up enough with my family and friends. While we see updates on social media – I don’t check in with my family enough. Plus I have too many “updates” coming at me daily that I don’t see the important ones.

I’ve fixed my email inbox so 90% of email is automatically prioritized. I only have to deal with the remainder and quickly scan the rest in case something’s important. I need to do that with my social and real world networks.

I need to lose 8 kilograms and get more exercise.

Why haven’t I been writing a novel or screenplay?

Twitter switched off their basic authentication services. Now none of my custom tools work until I integrate OAUTH. Not happy Jan.

Clinical depression sucks. Financial pressure sucks doubly. Fix one fixes both?

I’m wondering what to do with my life, career, vocation.

Institutions Cause Identity Theft

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Last updated on August 21st, 2015 at 01:49 pm

Who made my birth date a secret? Who said you can assume anybody who knows it is me?

I am angry. Furious actually. I spent 2 hours on the phone to Telstra today sorting some things out. And while that was boring and frustrating, the real kick in the pants, take no prisoners, scorched earth rage was reserved for institutions using personal data such as my birth date to identify me.

Governments and institutions have appropriated my personal data as a proxy for my identity. By putting the onus on personal information they have ducked responsibility for correctly identifying me and you. They have made it risky to disclose my birthday and age to anyone who didn?t know it at my birth.

In this case my Telstra account has a password on it, but that was unacceptable to the residential side of Telstra, staff demanded my date of birth five times. Five people who did not previously know my birth date today have it. I hope they all send me a birthday card. It is easy to find my date of birth online and in the real world. It is a poor tool to determine my identity. Fewer people know the password on that account which is sufficient for the corporate side of Telstra. All of them asked for my birthdate but accepted my password only after I insisted (two checked with their supervisor).

How am I to change my date of birth if I determine too many people know this most sensitive of information? Should I only exchange birthdays and never surrender mine without sufficient personal information in return? When did my personal information become my private information? If my wife and I divorce, how do I make her forget that information?

The police, institutions, the government, and security consultants warn people of the dangers of identity theft through the sharing of personal information on social networks and genealogy research. This muddy thinking leads to an arms race that consumers cannot win. The more personal information used for identity purposes, the less sure we can be of identity.

Even before the internet, personal information was available, just harder to come by. Movies have made a cliche of hackers guessing passwords by knowing enough about the target. Passwords are birthday?s; pet?s, spouse?s and kid?s names; inspirational characters; project names or anything lying around the office.

Surely Telstra (and others) can look at our relationship and find information that I would know? When did I pay my last bill? By what payment method? What amount? What was the last service I added/deleted? What calls did I make today? What have I told you is sufficient identity to authorise account discussion? What is sufficient to add/remove a service? Change a postal address?

You and I must take back our personal information and deny it as proxy for identity. Once we stop using a fundamentally flawed system, resources will emerge to deal with the problem. Institutions create identity theft by stealing our identity in the first place.

Write to government representatives. Link, tweet, digg and share this article. Leave a comment or write a better article and mention it in the comments below. But act today because the identity you save will be your own.

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Kids these days

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 03:15 pm

My 14 year-old daughter came home from school today and was raging against “the government”. I was so proud of her standing up to “the man”. Now that’s a strange reaction – as a kid I was totally neo-conservative.

Digging for the details, because indignant 14 year-old girls are incomprehensible, it emerged “the government” had increased the learn-to-drive age to 16 years 9 months. “Dad how old do I have to be to learn to drive?” she demanded.

Therein lies my frustration with “kids these days”. I knew the driving age at 14. I didn’t rely on my parents to know things or look them up for me. If I wanted to know something I’d find it out. At an early age I learned my mum’s answer to any spelling questions was “get the dictionary”.

So of course I rescued her and looked it up online. I can’t believe I did that. I’m crying into my cappuccino at Chocol’art as I write this. For years my answer to almost any factual question has been “have you googled it?”. I blame a mid afternoon brain fade, plus dangerously low caffeine levels. How could I be so weak?

For the record in NSW the age to get a learners permit is 16 years. And that permit must be held for 12 months.

2008 looking forward

Last updated on July 6th, 2015 at 03:11 pm

I?m a bit surprised that I haven?t published a public update since 12 November 2007, but then again I haven?t been doing too much stuff in the Technology space nor much Travel that I can post about – the nature of mergers & acquisitions is that most of them are confidential even after the deal is done.

Another reason for the lack of updates is that my workplace does not like me posting anything identifiable here, and they actually visit to check up on me. Dear coworkers – as you are aware, your internet is logged and I know who you are.

I was hired to make profound changes to how a business is run, using my skills, contacts, personality and style. Strangely now that those changes are bearing fruit, there are people who want me to change. Such is life.

The third reason for the absence is my ongoing confusion about what this blog is for. It is my personal space, most of my friends, family and acquaintances know about it, but my specialised interests have their own sites. I?ll be posting more links and short pieces here this year.

Last.FM widget test

Last updated on July 4th, 2015 at 12:50 am

I?m experimenting with what this blog means to me. You can?t see it, but the tag line isTechnology, Travel, eBay, Airline seating, Social Networking ? a life online, but I sometimes struggle to differentiate it from my other blogs, forums and online writing. This is the closest to my personal blog i.e. no topic in particular, which is generally a bad idea as people aren?t sure why they should come back.

Anyway I?ll be ruminating on those esoteric topics that engage my interest from time to time.

In the meantime I?ve finally decided to give Last.FM a chance and have installed the widget in the sidebar. Here it is below for now as well.

As I spend more time online, I find I?m very interested in digital convergence and how to share what I find interesting. Please join Last.FM and let me know what music you like. I?m heavily into the blues at the moment. But a recommendation is how I found out about Lily Allen before she was famous. So you never know.

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Facebook is sticky

Last updated on July 4th, 2015 at 12:42 am

I?ve been playing around with Facebook because I was receiving regular invitations to it. I created an account a while ago, but none of my closer friends were using it.

Suddenly over the last month or so I?ve started seeing old colleagues and friends pop up regularly. So I?ve checked back and found some of the fun stuff there quite compelling. So I?ve been adding apps, writing on walls, and reconnecting with people I haven?t seen in a while because life got in the way.

So if you?re on Facebook, send me an invite.